Turkey Ridge Quarry

Turkey Ridge is a rock bottom quarry near Janesville, Iowa. It is owned by the county and you must have permission (acquired by signing a waiver and donating to the upkeep of the quarry) to use this site. There is also a training platform, tube swim-through, sunken statue, and a few other points of interest.

Turkey Ridge is home to largemouth bass, crappies, bluegills, and turtles. You can also see turtles sunning themselves.

Level

Level

  • Beginner
Visibility

Visibility

  • 3 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Night Dive
  • Quarry

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

Affiliated Training Center

Dive sites nearby

The dive site is accessed by the stairs down to the small park area which includes a bench. Entry and Exit is via the small beach. Once you enter the water it you head southwest you can locate 4 intake pipes. The Southernmost one runs to the Tower. Divers can follow each of the 4 pipes for navigation.

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The site is named for the hotel that once stood next door. The site has 3 water pipes that come from the shore. The first two meet at 60 feet of depth at the collector. The northern most also goes out to 60 feet. Dive Flag is required, and the entry can be tricky because of the rocky entry.

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Atlantic Quarry - Rock Wall

Located at Schildberg Rock Quarry this private quarry has been a popular dive site with dives for over 20 years. The Rock Wall is one of two dive sites at this location. The Rock Wall runs along the south side of the quarry and starts in 6-8 feet of water and drops to 30-40 feet.

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Atlantic Quarry - Kelp Forest

Located at Schildberg Rock Quarry this private quarry has been a popular dive site with dives for over 20 years. The “Kelp“ is fresh water grasses that grow from depths of ~20 feet and are 5-15 feet tall. The site starts to the left of the entry road and follows the shore almost all the way to the north side.

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Pearl Lake

Pear Lake is located at 1220 Dearborn Ave Hwy 251 South Beloit, IL 61080. The quarry is a great place to do training dives and brush up on your scuba skills. The quarry is only available to Dive Shops and their divers so you’ll have to go there with a dive shop.

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Three Oaks Recreation Area

Three Oaks Recreation Area is a 300 acre quarry. Diving is only allowed in the designated area which is about 3 acres in size. Max depth is 45’, Visibility ranges from 40’ to 10’ depending on the time of year. There are 3 training platforms 100 feet apart at a depth of 25 feet marked with buoys at the surface.

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Prins Willem V

The Prins Willew V is a 258’ freighter sitting in about 70’ of water. Built in 1948, it sank in 1954 with a cargo of Hides, outboard motors, tv tubes, aluminum kitchen ware, horsetail hair, hog casings, printing press, machine tool parts, canned fish, fruit milk and vegetables. Plus many other items.

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Finger Lake Strip Pit

The 1,128-acre park was once the site of a coal strip-mining operation. Between June 1964 and October 1967, the Peabody Coal Co. removed more than 1.2 million tons of coal from the Boone County site, known as Mark Twain Mine, leaving barren piles of earth and numerous pits of water.

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THE STRAITS OF MACKINAC

The 196-foot-long steel car and passenger ferry The Straits of Mackinac, was scuttled in 78 feet of water, April 10, 2003. The ship is located approximately 10 miles north of Navy Pier.

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Haigh Quarry

Haigh Quarry is located at 2738 E 2000 N Rd, Kankakee, IL 60901. The quarry is a good place to do training dives and brush up on your scuba skills. There are many artifacts to dive on at depths from 20 feet to 75 feet.

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